Finally, a definitive explanation of bravery.
Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous is a deeply vulnerable & rebellious how-to memoir for people who are tired of feeling like they should be brave but don't know how courage could possibly unfold from their current fears and comfort zones. You'll finish Bare Naked Bravery empowered to confidently practice and build your own creative courage beyond your wildest imagination.
Build Your Bravery, One Step at a Time.
No one is a stranger to moments of terror and “stuff” hitting the fan. Fear will rear its ugly head no matter your background, upbringing, career path, or goals.
But how do we get brave without getting reckless? How can we encounter life with great abandon and wise courage? How do we stand for ourselves and others without having a panic attack? What does bravery even mean? How do we recreate it? Is it born or built?
Author & singer-songwriter Emily Ann Peterson asked these same questions in 2013 after a life-altering, career-halting diagnosis of a degenerative neurological disease in her right hand. As a full-time cellist, her music career was forever changed. Unbeknownst to her, it was changed for the better.
Knowing she’d have to “be brave,” but not knowing what that really meant, Emily Ann got curious. Really curious. Surviving an eating disorder, starting a music career during a recession, and venturing into uncharted territory post-diagnosis are just some of her personal feats of bravery. Unveiling these stories of everyday heroism, she paints a clear and vibrant picture of what courage looks like for those who don’t feel courageous. (Hint: True bravery never feels brave.)
In Bare Naked Bravery you will learn to:
- Use your fear, instead of fighting it or running from it.
- Identify the 3 types of bravery in yourself and your surroundings
- Infuse creativity into your courageous acts for exhilarating results
- Weave the 12 ingredients of bravery into your daily life
- Ask questions that boost courage instantly
- Use Emily Ann’s favorite bravery building tools
- Create a daily practice of building bravery
Bare Naked Bravery: How to Be Creatively Courageous is an extremely vulnerable dive into what bravery means, how it looks, and how to build it with a daily practice of expression and mindfulness.
Now a singer/songwriter and teaching artist for fellow courageous creatives, Emily Ann takes readers and listeners of the Bare Naked Bravery podcast community beyond the walls of vulnerability, using wide imagination and sharp skills of improvisation.
Learn how to be confident and unshakably strong. The world is waiting for your Bare Naked Bravery.
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Table of Contents
Why We Need Your Bare Naked Bravery
How to Use This Book
--- PART ONE ---
The Cycle of Creativity & Courage
As told through an eviction & diagnosis
Defining Creativity & Courage
Between a Rock & a Hard Place
When it comes to Bare Naked Bravery, our external constraints are hard, if not, impossible to control.
The 3 Forms of Bravery & How to Find Fairy Godmothers
Finding Fairy Godmothers
Why We Do Brave Things
Reason 1: Because It’s Contagious.
Becoming Conscious of Our Bravery
Reason 2: Because It’s Worth It.
Reason 3: Because It’s Needed.
--- PART TWO ---
Vulnerability = Risk + Context + Honesty
Benefits of Boundaries & Being Bullheaded
Are your boundaries proactive or reactive?
Is this my boundary or someone else’s?
Who determined the location of this boundary?
Feng Shui or Funk Shooey?
Where is your place of belonging?
Imagination = Defiant Expectation + Vision of Possibility + Constraints
Vision of Possibility
Imagination rarely bothers with asking reality for permission or a second opinion.
Constraints aren't all "bad."
Here's what I suggest: Use Constraints Like a Tool
FYI: Fear is a Constraint.
Improvisation = Intuition + Friction + Power of Choice
Power of Choice
Rules of Improvisation
Turning Victimization Into Your Power of Choice
--- PART THREE ---
How to Build Your Bravery
Is Bravery Born or Built?
5 Characteristics & 5 Gifts of Practicing Bravery Building
A Side-note About Creative Leaks
So how does this practice of bravery help when life is handing us constraint after constraint after constraint?
So how often? And for how long?
Pick the right tools.
Pro-tip: Allow your strengths to lead your practice.
1) Impermanence is a reminder of safety.
2) Practicing impermanence is a reminder that everything is temporary, even fear.
3) Impermanence is a reminder of potential.
The 5 Gifts Found Within a Practice of Building Bravery
2) Permission to be imperfect.
3) A chance to discover what could be.
4) A chance to sense the next steps.
Putting It All Out There
Bravery Building Tools
Bravery Building Tool #1: Expression
What the hell is impermanent stream-of-consciousness writing?!
How it all started...
Why I Burned ALL My Journals
Express yourself in a native tongue.
Use a timer.
The Basics of Building Bravery with Expression
Bravery Building Tool #2: Feel it.
Bravery Building Tool #3: Meditation
Bravery Building Tool #4: Masterminds & Shared Experiences
Appendix A: Bravery Boosting Questions
Appendix B: Book Club Guide
Brave Take-Away: Hero List
Appendix C: Recommended Resources
Articles or Online Info